6 Signs You May Be Addicted to Social Media

What does it actually mean to be “addicted” to social media? It’s like any other addiction, you feel as if you can’t live without it. It feels like your life-line.

Social media has changed our world! It has given us so many opportunities & advantages that we never had when all we had was a phone. However, there are some downsides to social media, as well.

Today, I want to talk about six signs that you may be addicted to social media. If you see yourself in one of these categories, maybe it’s time to unplug. If you see yourself in two or more of these categories, it is definitely time to unplug, and maybe even think about getting some help. Trust me, I’m not pointing fingers here. I know what it’s like to be addicted to social media.

So, let’s take a look at these six signs:

  • You rarely put your phone down. You find yourself in the middle of a conversation with someone, and then wondering off into “social media land”. You can’t even stay on track with the conversation in front of you because you are too concerned about what is happening with social media; how many people liked your post; how many people loved your post; how many people shared your post, and what everyone else is up to. How many times do you find yourself having to regroup and bring yourself back into the real world conversation that you are having because you’ve wondered off into social media land?
  • You are the first one to comment or like someone else’s post. I’ve had people say to me, “wow, you were really fast on that Facebook post! I barely posted it and you liked it.” I’ve even had my kids call me and ask me if I was okay because I didn’t respond quickly, like I usually do!
  • You find yourself in a rage when the Internet goes out because now you can’t get onto social media. This one says everything, doesn’t it!?
  • Your phone is the first thing you pick up when you wake up in the morning, and you immediately go to your social media account(s). I have been so guilty with this one! Sometimes it’s noon before I realize it, and I realize just how much time I have wasted!!
  • You base your value on the number of likes your post receives. This is a big one! Our value does not come from anything or anyone, but the Lord! If we are looking to anything or anyone else for value, we are looking in all the wrong places. There is nothing in this world that will fill the voids or lack of value in our lives other than Jesus Christ. No matter who you are, where you are from, what your background is like, Jesus is the only One who can truly fill those voids!
  • You compare yourself and your life with others. This one is scary! This one can be so crippling! If someone else makes you feel inferior, or their lifestyle makes you feel as if your life doesn’t matter or isn’t good enough, we need to change the lenses we are looking through. First of all, we need to realize that we are looking into a virtual world. Anybody can make their life look good, or better than it really is.

These are just six signs, guys. There are a lot more! But, like I said above, if you can relate to two or more of these signs, maybe it’s time to unplug, even if it’s just for a little while. We can lose touch with so many real world relationships because of social media. It can interfere with so many areas of our lives. I’ve even heard of people losing their job because they couldn’t stay off of social media!! This can truly be an addiction for some!

Over the next few days, I want to talk about the “why” of these addictions. Why are we addicted to social media? What is missing in our lives that we are only getting from social media? How is social media affecting our personal relationships, or our job? How is it affecting our family time? So many things to look at, and that’s what we are going to dive into these next few days.

Until then, be blessed!


Are You Addicted to Social Media?

Social Media is truly an addiction. I hate to admit it, but it is truly an addiction in my own life. That’s why I’m unplugging. I have to because social media has taken up way too much of my time. I’ve said for almost a year now that I was going to get off of Facebook, and I have come up with every excuse I can imagine not to do it! But, check this out …. tell me it isn’t time to shut it down!

Just over a week ago, I wanted to go in and change my Facebook password. It had been a while, so I figured it was time. I was asked for my current password. I entered what I thought was my password: INCORRECT PASSWORD! So, I entered a 2nd password: INCORRECT PASSWORD! I clicked on “forgot password” and was told by Facebook that I would be sent a reset code. It never came. So I tried again, and unfortunately, again, and that is when I was locked out of my Facebook.

I tried to find a way to confirm that it was ME that was trying to get into my Facebook, and found a way to submit some identification, so they could verify it was me. Beware, Facebook asked for all kinds of different identification. You have to choose which one you submit. With that said, don’t fall for the ones that ask for your driver’s license, birth certificate, or other form of official document. There are other forms of identification that you can choose that you won’t have to submit such personal data; like a piece of mail, or catalog label with your name/address on it. Be Cautious as to what you are putting out there!

Anyway, after over a week now, I am unable to get into my original account. But, thinking this was going to take forever, I decided to open up a new account, and send friend requests to all of the people on my original account. Evidently, Facebook didn’t like that either because in less than 48 hours they locked me out of the new account for suspicious activity! I was given a reset code and had to submit a photograph of myself. But after doing some research online, I have read lots of testimonies from others with this same issue, saying that after several months, they STILL cannot get into their accounts, and they have yet to hear from Facebook!

So, laugh if you will, but I honestly believe that with all of this going on, this is God’s way of saying “I have told you for a year now that you need to get off of social media and spend more time in my word.” Okay Lord, I hear you now. It’s time. I will be obedient.

This blog is about this journey. What will I do with my time that I used to spend on social media? Ohhhhh, there’s alllll kinds of things I can do, and that is what I am going to be blogging about.

So, if you also have an addiction to social media and you are looking for alternatives, stay tuned. Over the next few weeks, we are going to talk about this addiction, why it’s harmful, how it affects you emotionally & spiritually, and what you can do about it. I’m no expert by any means. But, I know the Lord is with me, and He will teach me and show me new things that I can teach you. I can do all things through Him, eh? Let’s do this together!

See you next time when we will talk about 4 ways to identify whether you are addicted to social media! You won’t want to miss this!


Live Unplugged?

Is that even possible these days? Social media is such a huge part of our daily lives. Between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and so many other outlets, what does it even look like to no longer use social media? Well, that’s what we are here to find out. Stay tuned, as I begin to unfold a life UNPLUGGED!